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Master Books, POB 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
by Moriah Harris-Rodger
Science Books for Christian Families
Master Books offers four science books with a Christian twist: "The Weather Book," "The Ocean Book," "The Geology Book" and "The Astronomy Book." They are professionally published textbooks made specifically for Christian homeschoolers. Often science is deliberately separated from religion, but Master Books found ways to use scripture to help teach science curricula.
"The Weather Book" is written by Michael Oard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in atmospheric science from the University of Washington. He offers an introduction to weather and relates all of his studies to scripture and even explains the great flood in the story about Noah’s ark. Other topics he discusses are storms, climate, how to read a weather map, and the Ice Age.
"The Ocean Book" is written by Frank Sherwin, an expert in biology, zoology, parasitology, physiology, anatomy, medical microbiology, general biology and cell biology. He earned a B.A. in biology from Western State College in Colorado and an M.A. in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado. He currently works at the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego. He has taught at Pensacola Christian College and is a member of the American Society of Parasitologists and the Helminthological Society of Washington. He offers a look at the study of the oceans, how the oceans work, and the plants and animals that live in them. In the introduction he writes, "Scripture tells us, ‘In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth’ (Genesis 1:1). In the thirty verses to follow, the word ‘water’ appears ten times." Water is a large part of the Bible and of the world we live in. His topics include waves, hurricanes, marine life, coral reefs and oceanic vessels.
"The Geology Book" is written by Dr. John D. Morris, the president of the Institute for Creation Research. He has a B.S. in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geological engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He offers "scientific knowledge and uncompromising faith to his work" according to the Master Books Website. He introduces the book explaining how God gave us the Earth. Now it is our responsibility to learn about the earth so we can better take care of our gift from God.
"The Astronomy Book" is written by Dr. Jonathan Henry, a professor in the science division of Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Fla. He focuses on creationism in the area of space research. He writes, "Genuine astronomy is one of the most beautiful sciences because it shows us the glory of God in His creation." Some of the topics in this book include why God created the heavens, the origin of the universe and the different parts of the solar system. He also explains why there isn’t life on the other planets and how God’s plan works so well.
All of the books are filled with diagrams and photos, like a real textbook, and they are about 80 pages each, enough for a thorough study of each topic. Also, each comes with a poster, which can be removed from the back of the book, and a study guide. The study guide is available at www.masterbooks.net under the button "study-guides." The study guides are about 60 pages long and allow the student to review the materials he or she read in each book. The only book that does not have a study guide is "The Weather Book."
These books are a great way for a Christian homeschooling parent to integrate religious studies with science, and teach children how to look at the world as more than just a scientific wonder, but a wonder that was created by God. - M.H.R.
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